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Q&A - David Brabham, Pt.2

David Brabham discusses the MSA Team UK programme and talks about the third generation of the Brabham family
Q:
The programme for the MSA's Team UK programme has been announced so what can you tell us about the new crop?

David Brabham:
Well I feel we have an exciting crop of drivers coming through. We have kept three from last year and have added some new blood in the shape of some more promising talent coming through. We will be working with seven race drivers and three rally drivers, as well as the three co-drivers from those rally drivers for the first time. Nicky Grist will be working with them and Mark Higgins will continue as rally coach and it's a great thing to be involved in as the programme develops every year and gets stronger. More money becomes available for us to use and I wish I had a package like it around me when I was a young driver coming through the ranks.

Q:
How do you feel the 2010 drivers did as the first ones who were part of the new Team UK initiative?

David Brabham:
I think they did pretty well. Some didn't reach the targets they wanted to, but it isn't just about helping them in the current era, but also about establishing the foundations they need for their future career. It is what they will do five years down the line and what they will do with their careers that matters and we still speak to guys who have gone through the scheme in the past. It's an ongoing process and it's a strong programme for the driver to develop into someone that the big teams will want.

Q:
How much satisfaction do you get from helping the younger drivers?

David Brabham:
I love it. I have learned a lot during my career and passing on my knowledge is something that I enjoy. I think any teacher would say that when you help people, it also helps yourself so it is almost a two way process. I've been doing it for four years and there are another two years on the contract with the MSA to run the programme and we are always keen to develop it. To do that alongside the success I have had in the last fours in my own racing has been fantastic.

Q:
So what gives more pleasure. Standing on the podium yourself or seeing one of the drivers you are mentoring being successful?

David Brabham:
They are both enjoyable but in different ways. When you win a race, you have to work hard, prepare well and get the best from yourself and the people around you, so you have got it all right when you are on the top of the podium. To watch a young driver stand on the podium and know you have been part of it by helping them also feels great but we can only show them what to do and it is up to them to listen to what we say and learn for themselves. When you see them win, you know they are putting it all together.

Q:
It's one thing to mentor the younger drivers but another altogether to mentor the next generation of the Brabham family coming through…

David Brabham:
Yes exactly. My son, Sam, has been on and off karting for a few years and hasn't done as much as we would have liked but it is slowly coming together for him and this year we are looking to put him into Formula Kart Stars and are putting together the programme for that. He absolutely loves racing and you can see on his face that he adores it. He goes out there and does his karting with its ups and downs but he is still in his learning stage. I can remember when I was at that stage and you think you have cracked it and then the next day, something goes wrong and you think 'Why the hell did that happen?' He is going through that and it's exciting to see.

Q:
Have you not been in the game long enough to worry about the effect this could have on your bank balance in the coming years?

David Brabham:
That's why we are looking at how we can put this altogether! I can't bankroll his racing and we are always looking for partners who can help him out in his career as I can't do that all on my own. He has a good name which helps on occasions and being so close to me, you also get a piece of me as well and that might help in the future.

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